We started under the name James Ellis Stevens in 1990. James had finished college, was looking for work and started selling his mother's art to local shops in the Buckinghamshire area. These were a success and it made sense to turn them into prints. Soon shops were asking for the prints to be framed and a framing workshop was established in his parent's garage.
A few years went by and we began to publish work by other artists. Our style evolved and we were approached by a greeting card company that was interested in publishing the prints as cards. We decided that this was something we wanted to do ourselves and so, in 1997, we published our first range of greetings cards.
Fast forward to the present day and we now work from our Bristol studio in a lovely old converted paint factory. We focus on publishing cards, stationery and personalised stationery using designs from a selection of wonderfully talented artists. Our company name is James Ellis Stevens Ltd and we trade under the name James Ellis.
This is our trade website, but retail customers can buy our cards individually from our retail site here.
In 2013 we also started selling personalised notebooks, gifts and stationery direct to the public on our retail site.
Who we sell to
We supply independent stores, multinationals and distributors around the world. Please contact us if you require details of our distributors overseas or if you are interested in stocking our cards. Here are a few of the places you can buy our products:
To design and publish the best cards and gift stationery that we can. To supply and service our customers in the best possible way.
We try to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We give 1% of our turnover to environmental causes through the organisation 1% for the planet. You can read more about this on our blog, which is on our retail website here.
All of the cards in our current catalogue are plastic free and 100% recyclable. Our older glitter Shakies designs use 100% biodegradable glitter, and these will be phased out when we use up our current stock. Our cards are printed on paper using wood pulp sourced from sustainable forests and we use environmentally friendly vegetable based inks.